Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing focuses upon how to construct, secure, manage, monitor and use public IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS clouds. Major areas of focus include barriers to cloud adoption, progress on the part of cloud vendors in removing those barriers, where the line of responsibility is drawn between the cloud vendor and the customer for each of IaaS, PaaS and SaaS clouds,|as well as the management tools that are essential to deploy in the cloud, ensure security in the cloud and ensure the performance of applications running in the cloud. Covered vendors include Amazon, VMware, AFORE, CloudSidekick, CloudPhysics, ElasticBox, Hotlink, New Relic, Prelert, Puppet Labs and Virtustream.

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AWS Console Extensibility & Asgard

March 3, 2014
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CloudComputing

The Amazon Web Services console isn’t extensible in the way conventional management consoles are. Asgard (a Netflix open source project) may provide an extensible open source alternative.

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Microsoft Continues to Take Great Strides Forward

February 27, 2014
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CloudComputing

Microsoft continues to take great strides forward with its cloud strategy, to the point where success has it charging forth at almost record pace. One thing I have learned, in my years working in IT, is that when Microsoft sets its mind on doing something, it is a pretty safe bet that it will succeed…

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The Cloud Is a Journey, Not a Project

February 21, 2014
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CloudComputing

Since around the turn of the century, I have had a motto that goes like this: “Virtualization is a journey, not a project.” It seems now would be a good time to bring that slogan up to date, changing the message to “The cloud is a journey, not a project.” It really amazes me when…

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IBM SoftLayer Pretends to Be OpenStack by Bridging the API

February 20, 2014
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After acquisition by IBM, SoftLayer has announced Jumpgate as an API bridge to OpenStack. This stops short of a full migration to OpenStack, and it is unclear whether IBM will ever go there.

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News: Intigua Virtualizes the Management Layer

February 19, 2014
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Intigua's strategy is to add virtualization, configuration, and control of the management stack in virtualized data centers and clouds to the existing virtualization of compute, networking and storage. This means that the configuration, deployment, and control of the operation of the management stack can be moved from the disparate members of the management stack into…

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Creating a Din in the Cloud Market

February 17, 2014
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Creating a Din in the Cloud Market

Recently I spoke with Mike Chase of dinCloud regarding its desktop virtualization offering. I hadn’t actually come across dinCloud before, as it is a fairly youthful company. However, its VDI offering—which it refers to as HVD (hosted virtual desktop), making an important distinction, because the solution can be on-premises, off-premises, or hybrid—is effectively a separate,…

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Privileged Accounts within SDDC

February 14, 2014
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Privileged Accounts within SDDC

As your software-defined data center (SDDC) grows, so does the quantity of privileged accounts. This was the discussion on the Virtualization Security Podcast of February 13, 2014, where we were joined by Thycotic Software. Privileged accounts are used by administrators and others to fix issues, set up new users, add new workloads, move workloads around…

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Who Runs What Hypervisor?

February 12, 2014
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CloudComputing

Have you taken any time to so who run what hypervisor? Is it just me or does there seem to be a lot of articles and post about Open Stack recently that it would almost seem like everything is running on Open Stack? Seems to be that there seems to be a push to help…

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VMware’s Sr. Cloud Realist: A Conversation with Mike Laverick

February 7, 2014
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CloudComputing

So, if you don’t know Mike Laverick, do yourself a big favor and listen to the podcast below. He is a VMware vExpert currently working as the Senior Cloud Infrastructure Evangelist for VMware. His focus is vCloud Director, vCloud Automation Center, and pretty much anything else at VMware that has “Cloud” in the title. He…

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